Emily still does not crawl, but at least her wounded soldier has found the use of her right leg and turned into a full on commando crawl most of the time. Bethany can crawl anywhere and get there very quickly. I often put her down in the floor and look back to find her already across the room (usually under something that I didn't know they could get under). They have been really cute lately because they now look for each other across the room and want to be right next to each other to play. Bethany still wants whatever Emily has but Emily has learned to kick her legs and "fake" cry to try to keep her away.
Both girls are "testing" their balance further by letting go of objects and standing with no handholds. Bethany is getting very good at this and has even figured out how to stand up from something that is only a few inches off the floor. She can also let go for awhile and then grab hold again if she feels like she might fall. Emily is just beginning to let go and can only stand for a couple of seconds before she sits back on her rear end. Oh boy, so I was hoping to keep them from walking until they are a year old. Well, one can still hope right?
The girls are also drinking out of a sippy cup. They have been doing this for about a month or so now, but Bethany just figured out how to hold the cup on her own. She wants to do it herself now which is too cute. It is a little bit heavy for her and she can't really get it tipped up far enough to get much of a drink unless it is really full, but she is doing it none the less. Emily will help hold her bottle and has been working on that for awhile now, but she hasn't figured out the handles on the sippy cup yet. I leave it in the playroom on the floor so that they can get to it when they want, but for some reason they seem to ignore it most of the time.